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Aviation High School Student Takes Gold Medal at SkillsUSA Nationals

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A squadron of airplanes outside the maintenance hanger of Aviation CTE High School in Queens. Image: Google Earth.


Kenny Lopez of Aviation Career & Technical Education High School in Queens won First Place in the Aviation Maintenance Technology category at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Kansas City this summer. According to the contest rules:

Contestants perform 12 tasks that represent the types of maintenance they will handle in the aircraft industry. The contest scope is consistent with the airframe and power plant mechanics certification guide published by the Federal Aviation Administration. Aviation maintenance is the only maintenance profession certified by the federal government.

The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

Aviation High School is a uniquely specialized, co-educational high school that prepares students for careers in aviation maintenance and the aerospace industry. Aviation High School’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified program developed and expanded with the evolution of the aviation industry. Students complete both rigorous vocational and academic programs that provide excellent preparation for aviation-related careers as well as college. For more information, see Aviation HS in the News.